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Security boosted in Sungai Kolok district after bomb attacks

Provincial authorities in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province on Tuesday strengthened security after the area was hit by three motorcycle bomb attacks on Monday, injuring 13 people.

Security was also boosted ahead of the Songkran Festival this weekend.
Sungai Kolok police commander Pol Colonel Prayut Pongsanti said the screening of people and vehicles to the downtown area will be increased to prevent more violence. Pictures will be taken of anyone who looks suspicious before they are allowed to enter the area, he said.
The strict measures will help ensure the safety of local people and Malaysians who cross the border to celebrate the Songkran Festival, which starts on April 13.
Police are now examining security camera footage to determine the routes of the insurgents behind Monday’s motorcycle bomb attacks, Prayut said.
Provincial officials and local residents have cleared the debris and damaged items at the location of the three blasts, in front of a karaoke bar, a restaurant and the old Post Office buildings.
The increased security was part of a campaign to welcome visitors and Malaysian tourists during the festival.

Published : April 10, 2018

By : Narong Nuansakul The Nation